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Who Opposes It

Walter Mondale, Arne Carlson: Reject voter ID measure

walter mondaleArne Carlson, Republican Governor of Minnesota from 1991 to 1999, and Walter Mondale, Democratic Vice President of the United States from 1977 to 1981, recently teamed up to ask us to question why we would cast aside an election system that leads the nation in voter turnout and honesty and institute instead a highly complicated two-ballot system that will cost millions and increase taxes.  It will also  make voting more difficult so fewer  MN Citizens will be able to vote.

They note that the proposed amendment which will greatly alter Minnesota's elections does not have its origins in Minnesota, nor is it based on legislative studies of recent elections.  Rather, "it is a product of an organization known as the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, which is the creation of the Koch brothers, who amassed their fortunes in oil and who live in Florida." 

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MN Clergy Launch Faith-Based Campaign to Defeat MN Voter Restriction Amendment

jerry mcafee 3 91312At a press conference with leading clergy members in the Twin Cities September 13, 2012, Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman began by stating that she was there to remind us that the Voter Restriction Amendment does not reflect the Minnesota we sought to create.  "Voting is a right, not a privilege.  This amendment will not allow 215,000 eligible voters to cast their vote.  . .  It is disheartening that we have to again speak about what we thought we had won 49 years ago."

Jerry McAfee, President of MN State Baptist Convention and Pastor of New Salem Baptists Church in Minneapolis stated that
"It is tragic that we would take steps to move backwards rather than move forward. . .  It is my opinion that voter suppression and voter restriction is shrouded in racism with connection to poverty as well as those in senior communities . . .

I stand in union with these brothers and sisters across racial and religious lines today to say that the Voter Restriction Amendment is not right.  If you are indeed a child of God be it Muslim or Christian or Bahai, whatever it may be, your faith tradition should not allow you to sit by on your beds and couches of ease and allow something like this to take place .

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Many Organizations Oppose the Amendment that Restricts Voting Rights

The League of Women Voters MN and Take Action Minnesota list many of the organizations that oppose the Amendment that Restricts Voting Rights.  Included in these lists are AARP, Common Cause Minnesota, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, Citizens for Election Integrity, Growth and Justice, Jewish Community Action, Minnesota AFL-CIO, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Sierra Club North Star Chapter, and the Somali Action Alliance.  For complete lists, see the League of Women Voters MN and Take Action Minnesota.

Religious Leaders see Amendment to Restrict Voting as Attack on Democracy

faith leaders calling on legislator to stop voter idMinnesota religious leaders wrote in a letter they sent to legislators that people of faith view the referendum as an attack on democracy that reduces the number of people who can participate.

"Passage of the proposed referendum would primarily reduce voters of color, the elderly, students, poor and non-English-speaking voters. Effectively this gives more influence to a smaller number of wealthy, privileged and primarily White voters. . .

Additionally, the proposed referendum would reduce the number of poor people who could vote, for it will be people of limited economic resource, limited time and limited mobility who will have most difficulty obtaining voter identification cards. By reducing the number of poor who vote, the proposed referendum seeks to increase the political power and influence of the wealthiest and most privileged classes of our society."

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In June 2012, Think Again MN launched a history series that examines politics and policy-making in Minnesota during the last century from the immediate post World War II years up through the 1990s. That era witnessed fierce legislative battles at the State Capitol but it was also a time of shared values that cut across partisan lines. 

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MN's Leading Election System

MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon

 

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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

Get details on how to vote at http://mnvotes.org

Oregon's Automatic Voter Registration

How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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